In a rare appearance on Australia's stages, Indian star 'Mandolin' U. Rajesh creates magic with a collaboration across cultures that celebrates the confluence of musical traditions.

Part of the Indian Performing Arts Convention – Melbourne Australia, 19–25 September 2022 – a carnival of Carnatic music and a bounty of Bharatanatyam

The presence of U 'Mandolin' Rajesh at IPAC has been made possible by the support of the following organisations:

U. Rajesh is an Indian mandolin player of Carnatic classical music, a music producer, and a composer.

His work with John McLaughlin’s album Floating Point received a Grammy Nomination in 2009. He was the youngest participant in the Magic Mandolin Festival, (Germany), has performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York City, and has given concerts for BBC Live in London, Melbourne Concert Hall, Cité de la Musique, and in many international venues across Europe.

Rajesh has performed live with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (with Dominique Di Piazza), KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and his music performance at New York in 2006, was voted among the best concerts of the year by The New Yorker.

In this exclusive Australian concert, ‘Mandolin’ Rajesh is joined together with a group of leading Australian musicians whose love of and engagement with India’s Carnatic music tradition goes back decades. Led by musical director Adrian Sherriff, together with Sandy Evans, Paul Grabowsky, Jonathan Dimond and Ravi M. Ravichandhira, this virtuoso band has worked intensively with Rajesh to create a unique concert experience.

U. Rajesh – Mandolin
Adrian Sherriff – Musical Direction, Bass Trombone and Percussion
Sandy Evans – Saxophones
Paul Grabowsky – Piano
Jonathan Dimond – Electric Bass Guitar
Ravi M. Ravichandhira – Mridangam

This concert is a musical tribute to commemorate Mandolin Maestro U Srinivas.

  • Dates & Times:
    • Thursday 22 September 2022, 8:30pm

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  • Ticket Pricing

    Single Ticket Festival Pass* (available until 22 Sept)
    Adult $30 $120
    Concession $18 $72
    (Under 14 Years)
    $5 N/A

    *Festival Pass includes 6 evening performances in the Alexander Theatre and does not include tickets to The Five Gems of Lalgudi to be held at The Count’s. Festival Pass available for purchase till Thursday 22 September 2022.

    Single Ticket
    Adult $30
    Concession $18
    (Under 14 Years)
    Festival Pass* (available until 22 Sept)
    Adult $120
    Concession $72
    (Under 14 Years)
  • Performance Information

    • Duration: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval

    • Venue: Alexander Theatre

    • Age suitability: All ages

  • Venue Details

    Alexander Theatre:
    The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts,
    48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800

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